Sophus Nielsen

Sophus Nielsen

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Sophus Erhard "Krølben" Nielsen (March 15, 1888 – August 6, 1963) was a Danish amateur football player and manager, and the first player in history to score ten goals in a full national team match. Nielsen scored a total 16 goals in 20 games for the Denmark national football team, and won silver medals at the 1908 and 1912 Summer Olympics. He was named Danish national team manager for two games in 1940.


Born in Copenhagen, Nielsen started his senior career with local team Boldklubben Frem. He spent most of his club career with Frem.

Nielsen was called up to the first official Danish national team selection, for the 1908 Summer Olympics. Nielsen scored one goal in Denmark's first ever national team game, as the France B team was defeated 9-0. On October 22, 1908 Denmark played France A and the Danes won 17-1. Sophus Nielsen scored a record ten goals; in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 39th, 46th, 48th, 52nd, 64th, 66th, and 76th minute. Denmark went on to win silver medal, after they were defeated 0-2 by Great Britain in the final.

Nielsen's record was matched in the 1912 Olympics, as Germany's Gottfried Fuchs scored 10 in a 16-0 win against Russia. It was not broken until 2001, when Australia's Archie Thompson scored 13 goals in a 31-0 defeat of American Samoa.

After having served his apprenticeship as a blacksmith with Burmeister......
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